June 23, 2015 |
TONY FULWOOD had tears in his eyes when he walked into Frank Rizzo's hospital room and saw the mayor in the bed with a broken leg. Tony felt responsible for the injury, even though it was an accident and even though he was doing his job of protecting the mayor when an explosion rocked the Arco refinery in a nine-alarm fire in 1976, and he fell on Rizzo to protect him from the blast. "I hope you're not upset with me," Tony blubbered. "I wish I was in that bed instead of you. " "You know, Tony," Rizzo said.
April 2, 2015
WELL, WELL, WELL. Talk about a race that could take up space. Gone-but-not-forgotten Ron Castille says he just might run for state Attorney General against embattled Democrat Kathleen Kane. This is not an April Fools' Day joke. (Though knowing Castille, it could be.) He recently told the Associated Press he's considering a run. Yesterday he told me, "Yeah, that's one option I'm looking at. " Can you imagine? Phrases such as "the lamb and the lion," "the judged and the judge," "beauty and the beast" all spring to mind.
February 24, 2015
HOLLYWOOD'S HAD its Oscars. Time for Pennsylvania's Pennies. Not the coins, the annual awards named for the founder. And the winners are: * BEST PICTURE: "The Kane Mutiny" The scintillating saga of a woman under sail to political glory before her course is drastically altered by a sting case, Jerry Sandusky, Dick Sprague, porn, possible criminal charges, talk of impeachment and leaks threatening to sink her ship. This Pennie winner easily beat out "Boyhood," the tender tale told over time of a young Rob McCord growing up poor without any meat, which drives him to a life of crime in search of his political chops.
January 13, 2015 |
He was almost home free. On his 23d birthday in 1967, Marine Lt. Ron Castille was leading a platoon on a search-and-destroy mission in Duc Pho, South Vietnam, when he was hit in the leg by a Viet Cong machine-gun round and evacuated from the fight. For a moment, it seemed he was on his way to the safety of the rear. But just as the Marine helicopter bearing Castille was clearing the battle zone, a burst of enemy fire raked the thin metal skin of its fuselage, tearing another and much more serious wound in his leg. Military surgeons said they had no choice but to amputate.
October 1, 2014 |
RON CASTILLE, the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, says any judges snared in the pornographic-email scandal unfolding in Harrisburg at the state Attorney General's Office will "have to pay the piper. " Castille, speaking yesterday on a conference call with reporters, said he has asked Attorney General Kathleen Kane - in a letter Thursday followed by a telephone call - for the names of any judges who sent or received the hard-core pornography. Castille also wants copies of the emails.
November 2, 2013
Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille hasn't had the luxury of ignoring the state's most troubled courts. He presides over one of them. In the past year alone, one of the high court's recently deposed justices, Joan Orie Melvin, was sentenced to house arrest for misusing state staff. A sitting justice, Seamus P. McCaffery, is under federal scrutiny related to referral fees paid to his wife, who is also a lawyer and his top aide. McCaffery denies any wrongdoing and has been engaged in more or less open hostilities with Castille over the fees and other issues.
November 27, 2010
Castille is part of downward spiral We've reached a new low in this country when Ron Castille, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, sees no problem with accepting gifts from attorneys who argue cases before his court ("Castille is accepting of litigants' gifts, trips," Sunday). This attitude further shows that this country is in a downward spiral. Castille seems to imply that the onus for recusing himself for conflicts of interest resides on the parties arguing cases before him. He must have missed the day they taught avoiding the appearance of impropriety in law school.
November 22, 2010
WE ARE getting raked over the coals by Chief Justice Ron Castille. Why? He decided to give 19,000 fugitives an early Christmas present. I'm glad Castille is so worried about the court backlog that he decided why put that pressure on the criminals? - let them go and commit new crimes. What a standup guy. As a retired Philadelphia police officer, I know that the law-abiding citizens of Pennsylvania don't want their chief justice to act like a high school principal. The criminals committed a crime and refused to show up in court.
November 21, 2010 |
Last December, Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille mingled with the state's other power players at the Waldorf Astoria during the meeting of the Pennsylvania Society. The annual New York pilgrimage of schmoozing and socializing is usually an expensive weekend - but not for Castille. The Philadelphia law firm Saul Ewing L.L.C., which regularly argues cases before the Supreme Court, picked up the $1,900 tab for the hotel room and dinners for Castille and his wife, just as it had done the previous two years.
May 31, 2010 |
Ron Castille will never forget his 23d birthday. "It changed my life," he said. On that hot March 16 in 1967, Marine Lt. Castille was dodging automatic gunfire in a dried-up rice paddy at Duc Pho, South Vietnam, when he was shot in the thigh and unable to move. Just as his chances of survival seemed most hopeless and bullets kicked up the ground around him, Castille heard a voice: "I'm coming, lieutenant, I'm coming. " Cpl. Angel Mendez, 20, crossed the open paddy, carried Castille - though shot in the shoulder - and was hoisting the officer over an earthen embankment to safety when he was mortally wounded.